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Kuwait
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Al Azraq
Association Kuwait Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Serbia Goran Tufegdžić
Most caps Bashar Abdullah (134)
Top scorer Bashar Abdullah (75)
Home stadium Kuwait National Stadium
FIFA code KUW
FIFA ranking 88
Highest FIFA ranking 24 (December 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 128 (November 2008)
Elo ranking 101
Highest Elo ranking 26 (December 1998)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Flag of Kuwait 1915.png Kuwait 2 - 2 Libya Libya
(Morocco; September 3, 1961)
Biggest win
Kuwait Kuwait 20 - 0 Bhutan Bhutan
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; February 14, 2000)
Biggest defeat
Egypt United Arab Republic 8 - 0 Kuwait Flag of Kuwait 1915.png
(Morocco; September 4, 1961)
Portugal Portugal 8 - 0 Kuwait Kuwait
(Leiria, Portugal; November 19, 2003)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1982)
Best result Round 1, 1982
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1972)
Best result Winners, 1980

The Kuwait National Football Team is the national team of Kuwait and is controlled by the Kuwait Football Association. They made one World Cup Finals appearance, in 1982, managing a draw with Czechoslovakia but losing to England and France. During the match against France, France scored a goal while some of the Kuwaiti players had stopped, having heard a whistle. The goal was initially awarded by the referee, who had not blown, but Kuwait walked off the pitch in protest. They eventually resumed playing only after the intervention of Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmed and the referee's changing his mind to disallow the French goal.

They have better success contending for the Asian Cup, reaching the finals in 1976 and taking home the winner's trophy in 1980.

Kuwait's 20-0 win over Bhutan in 2000 was at the time the biggest ever win in international football. It was surpassed in 2001, when Australia beat Tonga 22-0. Also in 2000, Kuwait took part at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Kuwait, who last qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1982, were drawn with Iran, Syria and the United Arab Emirates in Group Five. Kuwait ended up last in the group and ended its campaign with a 2-0 defeat in Tehran against Iran.

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History

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Temporary Suspension

In October 30 2007, Kuwait was suspended by FIFA from all participation in international football, on the grounds of governmental interference in the national football association.[1] The ban lasted less than 2 weeks.[2]

In October 24 2008, Kuwait was again suspended by FIFA from all participation in international football, because of its failure to hold the General Assembly elections by mid-October. [3]. FIFA provisionally lifted its suspension on the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) on December 22, 2008. [4].

2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Additional information: 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Third Round

Kuwait are in the same FIFA World Cup qualifying group as Iran, Syria and United Arab Emirates. They will play home and away against each of the other three teams in group 5.

Kuwait started their World Cup campaign in Abu Dhabi against United Arab Emirates and lost 2-0. Their next game came at home against Iran which ended in a 2-2 draw, Iran were leading by 2 goals in the first 5 minutes. In Round 3, Kuwait lost 1-0 to Syria after dominating nearly all the game. Kuwait first win came at home in round 4 against Syria, Ahmad Ajab scored a hattrick which led Kuwait to a 4-2 victory & kept their chances of making the world cup alive. Kuwait's next game was also at home against United Arab Emirates, the away team up 2-0 at halftime, but in the 2nd half Kuwait leading goalscorer Ahmad Ajab scored 2 goals and was on his way to score the 3rd goal in 90th minute but he was punched by the Emarati goalkeeper and the referee didn't give a penalty and a few second after that UAE scored the third goal and won 3-2. Kuwait ended their campaign with a 2-0 loss against Iran.

Group 5

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12
 United Arab Emirates 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
 Syria 6 2 2 2 7 8 -1 8
 Kuwait 6 1 1 4 8 12 -4 4
  Iran Kuwait Syria United Arab Emirates
Iran  2-0 0-0 0-0
Kuwait  2-2 4-2 2-3
Syria  0-2 1-0 1-1
United Arab Emirates  0-1 2-0 1-3

2011 AFC Asian Cup

Additional information: 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Kuwait are in the same AFC Asian Cup qualifying group as Australia, Indonesia and Oman. They will play home and away against each of the other three teams in Group B.

Group B

Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium before tha match between Kuwait vs. Oman
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Australia 11 6 3 2 1 6 4 2
 Kuwait 9 6 3 2 1 6 5 1
 Oman 8 6 2 2 2 4 4 0
 Indonesia 3 6 0 3 3 2 5 -3





World Cup record

World Cup record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter - - - - - -
1974 to 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1982 Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 6
1986 to 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 1/19 3 0 1 2 2 6
World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1982 Round 1  Kuwait 1 – 1  Czechoslovakia Draw
Round 1  Kuwait 1 – 4  France Lose
Round 1  Kuwait 0 – 1  England Lose

Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1956 to 1968 Did not enter - - - - - -
1972 Round 1 2 1 0 1 2 5
1976 Runners-Up 4 3 0 1 6 3
1980 Champions 6 4 1 1 13 6
1984 Third Place 6 3 1 2 5 4
1988 Round 1 4 0 3 1 2 3
1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1996 Fourth place 6 2 1 3 9 6
2000 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 3 3
2004 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 7
2007 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2011 Qualified
Total 9/15 35 15 8 12 43 37
AFC Asian Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1972 Round 1  Kuwait 2 – 0  Thailand Win
Round 1  Kuwait 2 – 1  Korea Republic Win
Round 1  Kuwait0 – 4 Khmer Republic Lose
Year Round Score Result
1976 Round 1  Kuwait 2 – 0  Malaysia Win
Round 1  Kuwait 1– 0  China PR Win
SemiFinal  Kuwait 3– 2(a.e.t.) Iraq Win
Final  Kuwait 0 – 1  Iran Lose
Year Round Score Result
1980 Round 1  Kuwait 1 – 1 United Arab Emirates Draw
Round 1  Kuwait 3 – 1  Malaysia Win
Round 1  Kuwait 0 – 3  Korea Republic Lose
Round 1  Kuwait 4 – 0  Qatar Win
SemiFinal  Kuwait 2 – 1  Iran Win
Final  Kuwait 3 – 0  Korea Republic Win
Year Round Score Result
1984 Round 1  Kuwait 1 – 0  Qatar Win
Round 1  Kuwait 0 – 0  Korea Republic Draw
Round 1  Kuwait 3 – 1  Syria Win
Round 1  Kuwait 0– 1  Saudi Arabia Lose
Semifinals  Kuwait 0 – 1  China PR Lose
Third place  Kuwait 1(4) – 1(3)  Iran Win*
Year Round Score Result
1988 Round 1  Kuwait 0–0  Bahrain Draw
Round 1  Kuwait 0–0  Saudi Arabia Draw
Round 1  Kuwait 0– 1  Syria Lose
Round 1  Kuwait 2–2  China PR Draw
Year Round Score Result
1996 Round 1  Kuwait 2 –2  Indonesia Draw
Round 1  Kuwait 2 –3  United Arab Emirates Lose
Round 1  Kuwait 2 – 0  Korea Republic Win
Quarterfinals  Kuwait 2– 0  Japan Win
Semifinals  Kuwait 0 – 1 United Arab Emirates Lose
Third place  Kuwait 1(2) – 1(3)  Iran Lose*
Year Round Score Result
2000 Round 1  Kuwait 0 – 0  Indonesia Draw
Round 1  Kuwait 1 –0  Korea Republic Win
Round 1  Kuwait 0–0  China PR Draw
Quarterfinals  Kuwait 2 –3 (a.e.t.)  Saudi Arabia Lose
Year Round Score Result
2004 Round 1  Kuwait 3 –1  United Arab Emirates Win
Round 1  Kuwait 0– 2  Jordan Lose
Round 1  Kuwait 0 – 4  Korea Republic Lose
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic Games record

Olympic Games
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1900 to 1956 Did not enter - - - - - -
1960 to 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1980 Quarterfinals 4 1 2 1 5 4
1984 to 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1992 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 6
1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2000 Round 1 3 1 0 2 6 8
2004 to 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total Quarterfinal 10 2 2 6 12 18
Olympic Games History
Year Round Score Result
1980 Round 1  Kuwait 3 – 1  Nigeria Win
Round 1  Kuwait 1– 1  Colombia Draw
Round 1  Kuwait 0 – 0  Czechoslovakia Draw
Quarterfinals  Kuwait 1– 2  Soviet Union Lose
Year Round Score Result
1992 Round 1  Kuwait 0– 2  Poland Lose
Round 1  Kuwait 1 – 3  United States Lose
Round 1  Kuwait 0 – 1  Italy Lose
Year Round Score Result
2000 Round 1  Kuwait 2 – 3  Cameroon Lose
Round 1  Kuwait 3 – 2  Czech Republic Win
Round 1  Kuwait 1 – 3  United States Lose

Gulf Cup of Nations Record

  • Winners: (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1996, 1998)
  • 2009 - Semi Finals
Year Host Country Place
1970 Bahrain Bahrain Champion
1972 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Champion
1974 Kuwait Kuwait Champion
1976 Qatar Qatar Champion
1979 Iraq Iraq Runners Up
1982 United Arab Emirates U.A.E. Champion
1984 Oman Oman 6th place
1986 Bahrain Bahrain Champion
1988 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 5th place
1990 Kuwait Kuwait Champion
1992 Qatar Qatar 5th place
1994 United Arab Emirates U.A.E. 5th place
1996 Oman Oman Champion
1998 Bahrain Bahrain Champion
2002 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 4th place
2003 Kuwait Kuwait 1st round
2004 QatarSantorini Greece | 4th place
2007 United Arab Emirates U.A.E. 1st Round
2009 Oman Oman SemiFinal

Coaches

Coaches by Years (1955-2009)

  • Egypt Ali Othman (1955)
  • Egypt Ahmed Abu Taha (1957)
  • Austria Edmund Majewski (1958)
  • Serbia Ljubiša Broćić (1962)
  • Egypt Mohammed Abdu Saleh Al Wahsh (1964)
  • Soviet Union Dimitri Tadic (1966-1969)
  • Egypt Taha Al Touki (1970)
  • Yugoslavia Ljubiša Broćić (1971-1973)
  • Kuwait Hassen Nasser (1973) (caretaker)

Players

Most capped Kuwaiti players

As of January 25, 2009, the four players with the most caps for Kuwait are:

# Name Career Caps
1 Bashar Abdullah 1996 - 2008 134
2 Wael Sulaiman Al-Habashi 1986 - 1996 109
Nohair Al-Shammari 1996 - 2009 109
4 Jamal Mubarak 1994 - 2004 108

Current squad

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Shehab Kankoni April 28, 1981 6 0 Kuwait Kazma
2 DF Yacoub Al Taher October 27, 1983 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
3 MF Mohamed Jarragh November 10, 1981 39 9 Kuwait Al-Arabi
4 DF Hussain Fadel October 9, 1984 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
5 DF Ali Maqseed December 11, 1986 12 3 Kuwait Al-Arabi
6 DF Mohammad Sinad July 1, 1987 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
7 FW Fahad Al Rashidi December 31, 1984 13 4 Kuwait Al Salmiya
8 MF Saleh Al Sheikh May 29, 1982 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
9 FW Ahmad Ajab May 13, 1984 14 15 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
10 FW Khalaf Salama July 25, 1979 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
11 DF Fayez Bandar December 7, 1983 9 1 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
12 GK Ahmed Al Fadhli September 6, 1982 Kuwait Kazma
13 DF Musaed Neda July 8, 1983 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
14 MF Adel Al Shammari June 20, 1986 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
15 MF Waleed Ali Jumah November 3, 1980 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
16 FW Hamad Al Enezi October 5, 1986 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
17 MF Bader Al Mutwa January 10, 1985 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
18 MF Jarah Al Ataiqi October 15, 1981 Kuwait Al-Kuwait

Recent Call Ups

The following players were called up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in 2008.

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Most Recent Call Up
Goalkeepers
Khaled Al Fadhli May 15, 1974 (age 34) Kuwait Al-Kuwait Club N/A v Syria, June 2, 2008
Nawaf Al Khaldi May 25, 1981 (age 27) Kuwait Al-Qadisiya Club N/A v Syria, June 8, 2008
Defenders
Nohayer Al Shammari July 12, 1976 (age 32) Kuwait Al-Qadisiya Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008
Ahmad Al Eidan October 1, 1982 (age 25) Kuwait Al-Salmiya Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008
Yousef Al Youha September 2, 1979 (age 28) Kuwait Al-Kuwait Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008
Fahad Shaheen February 26, 1985 (age 23) Kuwait Al-Kuwait Club N/A v Syria, June 8, 2008
Khaled Al Shammari January 2, 1977 (age 31) Kuwait Kazma Club N/A v Syria, June 8, 2008
Midfielders
Abdulrahman Mussa December 4, 1981 (age 26) Kuwait Al-Qadisiya Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008
Ebraheem Shehab January 20, 1986 (age 22) Kuwait Al-Kuwait Club N/A v Iran, March 26, 2008
Strikers
Bader Al Mutwa January 10, 1985 (age 23) Kuwait Al-Qadisiya Club N/A v Iran, March 26, 2008
Fahad Al Hamad December 1, 1983 (age 24) Kuwait Kazma Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008

Previous squads

Records versus other nations

As of 2009-12-28

Nation P W D L F A GD
 Algeria 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
 Armenia 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 Australia 9 5 1 3 9 6 +3
 Azerbaijan 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Bahrain 32 16 8 8 42 27 +15
 Bangladesh 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5
 Bhutan 1 1 0 0 20 0 +20
 Bulgaria 4 0 2 2 5 8 -3
 Cambodia 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
 China PR 16 5 5 6 15 18 -3
 Côte d'Ivoire 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
 Cyprus 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Czech Republic 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1
 Ecuador 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
 Egypt 7 1 3 3 8 10 -2
 England 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
 Finland 6 1 2 3 4 6 -2
 France 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4
 Germany 1 0 0 1 0 7 -7
 Hong Kong 7 6 1 0 18 4 +14
 Iceland 7 1 4 2 3 4 -1
 India 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4
 Indonesia 6 2 3 1 11 6 +5
 Iran 27 6 9 12 26 34 -8
 Iraq 23 5 6 12 23 35 -12
 Japan 5 4 0 1 8 2 +6
 Jordan 11 7 2 2 20 9 +11
 Kazakhstan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Kenya 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5
 Kyrgyzstan 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Lebanon 20 10 5 5 34 25 +9
 Libya 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3
 Lithuania 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Macau 2 2 0 0 18 1 +17
 Malaysia 12 8 2 2 29 8 +21
 Mali 3 3 0 0 14 4 +10
 Mongolia 1 1 0 0 11 0 +11
 Morocco 4 0 0 4 1 10 -9
 Myanmar 4 3 0 1 12 5 +7
 Nepal 4 4 0 0 21 0 +21
 New Zealand 3 1 1 1 5 8 -3
 Korea DPR 8 3 4 1 12 7 +5
 Korea Republic 20 9 2 9 20 25 -5
 Norway 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1
 Oman 22 11 8 3 44 13 +31
 Pakistan 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6
 Palestine 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5
 Poland 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2
 Portugal 2 0 1 1 1 9 -8
 Qatar 35 17 6 12 54 34 +20
 Saudi Arabia 33 10 11 12 37 37 0
 Singapore 9 6 2 1 18 6 +12
 Slovakia 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2
 South Vietnam 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Sudan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Syria 28 11 7 10 41 32 +9
 Tajikistan 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
 Thailand 8 5 0 3 22 12 +10
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Tunisia 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3
 Turkmenistan 4 3 1 0 12 3 +9
 Uganda 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 United Arab Emirates 34 14 7 13 61 37 +24
 United States 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
 Uzbekistan 3 1 1 1 7 7 0
 Vietnam 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
 Wales 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
 Yemen 7 5 2 0 18 2 +16
 Zambia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
Totals 471 204 117 150 766 512 +254

References

External links

Titles

Preceded by
1976 Iran 
Asian Champions
1980 (First title)
Succeeded by
1984 Saudi Arabia 
League competitions National association Cup competitions
Premier League National team Emir Cup
First Division List of clubs Crown Prince Cup
List of footballers Federation Cup
List of venues Al Kurafi Cup(defunct)
Kuwaiti Football Records Super Cup

Simple English

Kuwait
Association Kuwait Football Association
Confederation AFC
Coach Goran Tufegdžić
Most caps Bashar Abdullah (134)
Top scorer Bashar Abdullah (75)
World Cup
Appearances 1
First Apps 1982
Best result Round 1 (1982)

Kuwait national football team is the national football team of Kuwait.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Bashar Abdullah1341996-present
2Wail Sulaiman Al-Habashi1091986-1996
2Nohair Al-Shammari1091996-present
4Jamal Mubarak1081994-2004


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